With the Married Life Newsletter, each month you receive ideas and insights with go-and-do's you can actually go and do. So pick one, two, three of the things below and see how little things can turn into something big! You got this...because you are better at marriage than you think!
5 ROMANTIC DATE IDEAS
Valentine’s Day may have come and gone (and we hope it was fantastic!), but we’re big fans of celebrating love year-round. One of the best ways to express our love is by reserving some of our good energy for one another.
When it comes to time, it’s very easy for couples to give each other their leftovers. Our lives are so busy these days, and jobs, kids, activities, and other obligations can quickly sap our energy before we’re able to give our best to one another. In fact, by the time most couples come together at the end of the day, they’re giving one another the most tired, depleted parts of their spirit.
Your leisure time together should he spent when you’re at your best–not your worst–so what that looks like will vary from one couple to the next. For some couples, a scheduled evening date is stressful because you return from work frazzled, and then you’re stressed about the date you have to keep. Sit down together and find out what works best for you, then create a game plan for spending the time together you both crave.
Setting aside special time to be together, whether that’s for a date night, a relaxed breakfast, or a movie on the couch, is vital to the health of your marriage. Here are five simple, romantic date ideas to enhance your quality time together.
Marriage mentors help couples learn how to navigate the journey of love for a lifetime. A mentor is not a couple with a perfect marriage, but a couple who is further down the road, relatively happy in marriage, and trained to invest in another couple’s marriage. Mentoring supports couples by:
- Preparing - Helping premarital couples get a healthy start.
- Maximizing - Helping good marriages become better!
- Repairing - Helping struggling marriages find healing and hope.
Couples meet together for six to ten sessions based on a schedule that works for everyone involved. Mentoring is a great resource and very affordable.
For questions, contact Mark and Laura Wildey. Both individuals must be willing to engage in the mentoring process.
HE SAID/SHE SAID
Each month, we highlight a couple we think has something great to say. We give them one question to ask each other.
We asked: Since the Easter season is about HOPE, is there something that you two have hoped for in the past that did/didn’t happen? How did you support each other during that time?
AUTUMN: Last spring we decided to sell our home of 17 years because our new neighbor would call the police every time our dog barked (that’s a whole other story). During this same time, our oldest daughter had a potential cancer scare. It was a very stressful time and every day I hoped for a resolution—a place to live and my daughter to be okay. Chad and I supported one another by giving grace, encouragement, and dreaming together when either one of us had a “bad day.” Choosing to talk positively about the future (and each other) along with pointing our family to God’s promises every chance we got is what got us through.
CHAD: I remember hoping for my daughter, Sarah, to be healed of what doctors thought to be Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. My hope in what I knew God could do was a daily battle with what He would do. Autumn and I continued to hope together and remained steadfast that no matter what happened, God was faithful. We encouraged each other with His promises to never leave us or forsake us.
Talk About It - Is there something that you two have hoped for in the past that did/didn’t happen? How did you support each other during that time?
Grab a sticky note, fill in the blank below, and put it in a place your spouse will find it (e.g., washing machine, steering wheel, bathroom mirror, etc.). Take a picture of the note and upload it to the social media outlet of your choice, and include #MarriedLifeSoutheast.
You are my hero when you _________!
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TURN OFFS by Casey Caston
During one meal this week, ask each other this question:
You get a do-over with your career. What would you change? What would you keep the same?
CHECK IT OUT
The best gift you can give your spouse is a healthy you—healthy spiritually, physically, mentally and emotionally. Consider exploring a new resource to invest in a better you.
- Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts: Seven Questions to Ask Before and After You Marry by Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott
Every marriage can use great resources - Be sure to forward this to another couple!!! And be sure to tell others about Married Life.